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    REPORT: Former SBU women’s soccer player to cite insanity in killing

    Brittany Norwood during her time at Stony Brook.

    Former Stony Brook University women’s soccer player Brittany Norwood will plead insanity in the March killing of a co-worker, according to a Washington Post article that cites Montgomery County Circuit Court filings.

    Norwood, 28, was arrested on first-degree murder charges in March after an investigation uncovered a bizarre apparent cover-up by the former Seawolves star.

    Dubbed the “Lululemon slaying” by the Post, Norwood stands accused of beating a co-worker, Jayna Murray, 30, after Murray discovered Norwood stealing goods from the upscale Lululemon Athletica store in Bethesda, Md.

    The Post’s article explains that because of Norwood’s college education, an insanity defense — known as “not criminally responsible” in Maryland courts — would have to show evidence of a mental illness.

    It further states that in Maryland, an NCR defense can be used in cases when the defendant lack the mental capacity to understand that what he or she was doing was unlawful.

    The Post says that prosecutors will seek life without parole for Norwood in the trial scheduled for October, but also that the same defense filing that indicates the probable defense has asked for a postponement so that they can further  investigate Norwood’s background.

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